St Andrew Scottish Society
of New Mexico

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


1. Do you have to be Scottish or a paid member of a Scottish Clan to join the SASSNM?

NO!  Anyone with an interest in Scottish or Celtic culture may join.

2. Can my SASSNM memberships and donated amounts be deducted from my taxes?

YES!  The SASSNM is a tax deductible 501 (c) (3) non-profit charity organization.

3. What events might I participate in as a part of the SASSNM?

  • Hogmanay  (Scottish New Year)
  • Burns Night  (our semi-formal dinner)
  • single malt Scotch whisky tastings
  • family-friendly game nights
  • Tartan Day  (honoring clan tartans)
  • Celtic Picnic  (co-hosted by the IAS)
  • family-friendly movie nights
  • Kirkin O the Tartan events
  • St Andrew's Day
  • Celtic booths around the state

4. How are SASSNM membership amounts and donations used?

As an all-volunteer organization, funds go directly into Celtic awareness events and Scottish educational outreach.  In addition to giving out scholarships and hosting educational events and informational booths, the SASSNM gives small, one-time donations to charities such as:

  • local youth rugby teams
  • groups offering free training/services in Scottish arts
  • local shelters
  • the future Celtic Community Center
  • organized Celtic Festivals and Scottish Highland games

5. Does the SASSNM have a monthly newsletter?

YES!  The St Andrew Scottish Society of New Mexico puts out a newsletter called the "Thistle Epistle".  It is only sent to paid members of the SASSNM.  Usually, our newsletter goes out electronically; however, it can be sent printed on paper when requested by a member.

6. Does membership to the SASSNM connect me to any other organizations?

Although the SASSNM is not connected to a National group, paid members have associate membership rights with several local non-profit groups including:

  • Celtic Community Center of NM (new for 2019)
  • Duke City Creative (new for 2019)
  • Hungarian-American Club of NM
  • Irish-American Society of NM
  • Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival Association (new for 2019)
  • Scottish-American Military Society, Post 1912 (new for 2019)
  • Welsh Society of NM

You will find links to these groups on our website's "CULTURE" page.